Monday, September 09, 2013 8:16 pm
Obama, Canadian PM discuss Syria chemical weapons
The Associated Press
The two leaders talked by phone Monday as Obama was seeking congressional approval for a military strike in Syria but also was considering a potential deal for Syria to turn over its weapons stockpiles to avoid a U.S. strike.
The White House says Obama and Harper agreed there must be a strong international response to chemical weapons use to ensure that similar atrocities won't occur in the future.
Canada is among two dozen countries that have signed a joint statement blaming the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) for using chemical weapons in an attack last month outside Damascus. The statement doesn't explicitly call for military action.